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samella.reed, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by samella.reed)
I have read all of John Green's books, but this one is by far my favorite. The main character Colin Singleton manages to capture the awkward teenage angst that is humorously paired with him being a child prodigy, NOT a genius. Green brings in humor into every aspect of the book with Colin and his Muslim friend ending up in Gutshot, Tennessee while he is trying to create the relationship Theorem. I never experienced strict math in relationships, but I found myself endless laughing while I was reading on the subway. Fun read that will also make you think. "Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back"
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Ruby h, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Ruby h)
An abundance of Katherines, by John Green is about a teen prodigy named Colin. Colin has dated a number of girls named Katherine, nineteen exactly.When his most recent relationship with Katherine number 19 ends Colin is sad. To take his mind off Katherine his best friend Hassan take Colin on a roadtrip. On this roadtrip they visit the crypt of an arch duke. There they meet Lindsey Lee Wells, a pre-med student and tour guide for the crypt. Colin and Lindsey fall in love and she breaks his Katherine dating sequence.

I really enjoyed this book and would suggest John Green lovers give it a try. It's a great read for girls who like quirky love stories and funny friendships.I look forward to reading this book again, and more novels by this author in the future.
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Andi Delgado, October 22, 2013 (view all comments by Andi Delgado)
An Abundance of Katherines was an amazing, witty book that keeps its readers amused and longing for more.Filled with random factoids, Abundance keeps readers laughing and intrigued. Green writes in such a way that his readers can relate to what the characters are feeling and thinking. The book brings to its audience great joy and sometimes deep sadness, which brings out Green's excellent writing style. Thank you, John Green, for gifting the world with another amazing book.
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Erin Clarkson, May 25, 2011 (view all comments by Erin Clarkson)
I have never loved a book that I found on my own as I have loved the books that were recommended to me. In my publishing program we talk all the time about the future of books and the conversation inevitably comes back around to the fact that recommendations sell books. This book, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, was recommended to me a few weeks ago by my boyfriend, and I am pleased to say that I will now count it among my favorites.

It’s about a seventeen-year-old boy named Colin. He is a child prodigy and has a serious complex about “mattering” to the world. And he has a complex over the fact that he has dated a total of nineteen Katherines in his life, and they have all dumped him. After Katherine XIX finally ditches Colin, he and his best friend Hassan decide to take a road trip, which leads them down to Gutshot, Tennessee. There they see the grave of the Archduke Ferdinand, meet a girl named Lindsey Lee Wells, and learn the history of this little town. During their stay Colin begins to formulate a Theorem of “Dumpers and Dumpees,” plotting out his love life through math. While he hopes that this mathematical equation will solve his Katherine problem and prove his worth to the world, Colin learns about what it really means to “matter.”

This book is everything that most YA books are not: funny and smart. A good number of YA books are funny"that’s what sells these days aside from the supernatural. A much smaller number are smart (The Book Thief, etc.). What really seals the deal for An Abundance of Katherines is the narration. It’s told in third person limited--which means we hear from only from Colin--with a fantastic balance of close and far narration. What that means is the narrator’s voice is sometimes so close to Colin’s thoughts that you can’t tell the difference, and other times the narrator is a completely separate entity, observing and commenting on the events of the book. Most writers can’t pull this off very well, or at all. And certainly most can’t do it with a splash of humor (from both the narrator and Colin).

The story too is simple and endearing. There’s a little romance, a little adventure, a little soul-searching. And of course some incredibly great lines. This is a book that you will quote to your friends and laugh about years from now, even when the details of the story are fuzzy. The idea and the message of this story--that it’s okay to not matter to the world, as long as you matter to those around you--comes through so strong and clear that you won’t have to remember the exact details of Colin and Hassan’s botched feral hog hunt, or the math that goes into Colin’s Theorem, or how many Katherines exactly there were, to remember why you love this book.

On a side note John Green also uses foot notes, which are surprisingly fun and unobtrusive. Nothing like David Foster Wallace, just little tidbits that add to the story.

A definite must-read for any fan of YA--or any reader in general.
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FNORDinc, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
Review -‘An Abundance of Katherines’, written by John Green

(sneak attack!) Surprise! This book was awesome! I bought it on the cheap at a thrift shop, and didn’t read the back of it. I liked the cover, the title, and the fact that it cost a whole glorious dollar… So I bought it.

Turns out, I would have paid full price for this book. Mr Green’s novel is distributed as teen fiction, but reads more like an “easy” adult novel with late teen characters.

Essentially, Colin the ex-child prodigy main character gets dumped by his girlfriend Katherine. She was the last in nearly 20 girls/women he has dated who all shared this name (not Kate, Kat, or Catherine.. always Katherine with a K). His best friend decides to take him on a Post-Graduation road trip to get his moping ridiculously crushed and infatuated self out of the house.

While on the road, Colin decides to write a mathematical equation which will assist him in determining how long a relationship with the next Katherine will last, or better, if the last Katherine will ever take him back. Oh, and I SUPPOSE I should mention he doing it while while avoiding being punched to death by angry jealous redneck boys and interviewing small town old folks who used to work in a tampon string factory…

I found myself grinning wide and laughing out loud as I read this book.

The characters were well thought out, believable, and people I would high five if they shot past on a summertime slip and slide my the front yard.

I found myself especially enjoying the faux-math explanations, the description of equations as art/beauty, the footnotes, and the absolutely constant Norman Mailer references.

Suggested for teens and adults. This is no crappy teen angsty vampire novel. It is a well thought out fiction worth ready.

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"Synopsis" by , Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped by all of them. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are part of Colin's hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and theyre for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Bestselling author and Printz Medalist John Green's brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty have inspired a new generation of readers.


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